Don’t use overly flowery, exaggerated language.

There’s a fine line between good, genuine writing and stuff like this: “Receiving this scholarship would certainly be one of the most fulfilling and genuinely rewarding experiences of my life.” That’s just one example, but there are dozens more we could show you. Here’s another: “Receiving this scholarship will be the crown jewel of my accomplishments thus far.”

C’mon, enough already with that. We’re not THAT gullible. The particular scholarship in question was a $500 scholarship — an honor and a great thing to win in light of rising college costs, for sure, but not a lifetime accomplishment. Lay off the saccharine language. You know what they say – too much sugar will make you (and the scholarship committee!) sick.

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